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Story and Place in the South

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7 Semesters + 5 Individual Studies + 4 Online Courses + 3 Writing Residencies + 1 Book
Writers Cultivated for a Place in the World


Fiction: Ray Atkins, Anne Corbitt, Gray Stewart, John Williams

Creative Non-Fiction/Memoir: Anjali Enjeti, Karen Salyer McElmurray, Casey Clabough

Poetry: Stephen Corey, Kathy Kincer, Donna Coffey Little, William Walsh, Will Wright

Scriptwriting/Playwriting: Michael Lucker, Scott Wilkerson


 News and Announcements:

  • Georgia English and ELA teachers can use the MFA to upgrade to Level 6 Specialist
  • Featured Writers for the 2018 Residency: Valerie Boyd, Pam Durban, and Janisse Ray


A bridge between Atlanta and the Appalachian South, the Etowah Valley is where nature meets culture and the timeless meets the contemporary. At Reinhardt University’s Etowah Valley Writers Institute, writers join to create a literature that is story-driven and grounded in the places where we live, whether rural and urban. Reinhardt is theonly higher education institution in Georgia offering a low-residency MFA in Creative Writing. As well. we offer the only other low-residency BFA in Creative Writing degree in the country. Our 60-hour low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offers classes in poetry, fiction, creative-nonfiction/memoir, and scriptwriting (film, TV, and stage).

Each student works one-on-one with published writers each semester for two years in their genre. You also take cross-genre classes that teach the craft elements and several online courses with a group of other students from the residency, so you will have a support system of other writers. Each summer, students visit our beautiful campus in North Carolina for a 10-day intensive Residency. You

The New South is a synergy of multiple cultural traditions, a mixture of many classic Southern Gothic and the thriving Atlanta film scene, Southern environmentalism and hip-hop poetics, Appalachian bluegrass and the Mississippi blues. We believe that form is both key and constantly evolving to reflect new realities. Most of all, we believe that we all need to tell and hear stories, stories that give voice and meaning to the individual and collective struggles.

Our 10-day summer Residencies are intensive immersions in the writing life, with daily writing workshops, craft classes, experiential excursions into natural and urban environments, nightly readings on campus and at local venues, and one-on-one meetings with writing mentors. Our tree-lined campus in the shadow of Pine Log Mountain is the perfect writering residency.



Reinhardt MFA in Creative Writing

For information about program specifics,
please contact:

William Walsh
Program Director

For admissions information, please contact:
Office of Professional Studies and Graduate Admissions